Civil Society Organisations call for the immediate operationalisation of the HRC’s new mandate on Belarus

Resolution on Belarus adopted at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council


We, the 65 undersigned Belarusian and international human rights organisations, welcome the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council mandating the High Commissioner to create a new robust monitoring and reporting mandate focused on accountability for human rights violations in Belarus that have taken place since 1 May 2020. In so doing, the Council demonstrated its determination to hold Belarusian authorities to account. This mandate needs immediate action. We urge the international community to support this critical next step.

The establishment of the High Commissioner’s new mandate is a response to the serious and escalating human rights violations taking place in Belarus and surrounding the August 2020 presidential elections. The mandate should provide a complementary and expert international mechanism to regional accountability processes already under way. Furthermore, it should assist in the identification of those responsible for the most serious violations for future prosecution.

With the mounting human rights crisis in Belarus, the Council’s action today is timely. It will require ongoing assistance and systematic follow-up by Human Rights Council members and the Office of the High Commissioner. In order for this new accountability mandate to meaningfully and substantively address the human rights crisis in Belarus, it is critical that the Office of the High Commissioner receives the assistance it will need to:

  1. Ensure that this new mandate is sufficiently funded.
  2. Appoint credible international experts with sufficient experience and expertise, including in international criminal law to fully and completely examine all alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020.
  3. Operationalise the mandate with the requisite investigators, forensic experts, gender specialists, and legal analysts.
  4. Provide a sufficient operational window for the mandate.
  5. Report immediately and publicly to the Council on non-cooperation by the Belarusian authorities in the accountability mandate’s work.
  6. Commit to sharing advanced copies of its interim oral report and comprehensive written report with Belarusian, regional, and international civil society in the same manner and at the same time it is shared with member States and Belarusian authorities.

This is an important moment for the United Nations. The Belarusian people demand accountability for past and on-going human rights violations. Member States and the Office of the High Commissioner must ensure that this new mandate meets these demands.

Signed by:

Organisation Name

Organisation Country

Agir ensemble pour les droits humains

France

Amnesty International

International

ARTICLE 19

United Kingdom

Assoiation UMDPL, member of Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Ukraine

B.a.B.e. Budi aktivna.Budi emancipiran., member of Human Rights House Zagreb

Croatia

Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

Belarus

Belarusian Helsinki Committee, member of Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

Belarus

Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan /FIDH

Kyrgyzstan

CCE "Almenda", member of Human Rights House Crimea

Ukraine

Center for Civil Liberties

Ukraine

Centre for Peace Studies, member of Human Rights House Zagreb

Croatia

Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights

Russian Federation

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

South Africa

Civil Society and Freedom of Speech Initiative Center for the Caucasus

Russian Federation

CROSOL - Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity, member of Human Rights House Zagreb

Croatia

DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)

Uganda

DRA (Deutsch-Russischer Austausch)

Germany

DRA (Deutsch-Russischer Austausch)

Germany

ECPM (Together Against the Death Penalty)

France

Educational Human Rights House - Chernihiv

Ukraine

Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, member of Human Rights House Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

FIDH

France

Foundation of Regional Initiatives

Ukraine

Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims - GCRT, member of Human Rights House Tbilisi

Georgia

Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor

Armenia

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Poland

Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Human Rights House Foundation

International

Human Rights House Yerevan, member of Human Rights House Yerevan

Armenia

Human Rights House Zagreb

Croatia

Human Rights Monitoring Institute

Lithuania

Human Rights Watch

International

humanrights.ch

Switzerland

International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)

United Kingdom

International Centre for civil initiatives "Our House"

Belarus

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Switzerland

Kharkiv Regional Foundation "Public Alternative"

Ukraine

La Strada International

Netherlands

Law Society of England and Wales

United Kingdom

Legal Initiative, member of Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

Belarus

Legal policy research centre

Kazakhstan

Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights

Germany

Media Institute, member of Human Rights House Tbilisi

Georgia

Mental Health and Human Rights Info

Norway

Netherlands Helsinki Committee

Netherlands

NGO MART, member of Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Ukraine

Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Norway

Paris Bar / Barreau de Paris

France

Pink human rights defender NGO, member of Human Rights House Yerevan

Armenia

Promo LEX

Moldova

Public Association "Dignity"

Kazakhstan

Public Verdict Foundation

Russian Federation

Rights Georgia, member of Human Rights House Tbilisi

Georgia

RSF, Reporters Without Borders

International

Russian Research Centre for Human Rights

Russian Federation

SAR Europe

Ireland

Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

Southern Africa

Swedish OSCE-network

Sweden

UNITED for Intercultural Action

Hungary

Viasna Human Rights Centre, member of Baryz Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

Belarus

Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR)

France

Vostok SOS, member of Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Ukraine

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

International

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

Switzerland

ZMINA, member of Human Rights House Crimea

Ukraine

 


 Civic space in Belarus is rated as Repressed by the CIVICUS Monitor

 

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